Home Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank

Paint the Walls

This inexpensive fix can help a room appear drastically newer. Painting walls in lighter neutrals will create the illusion of a larger, more open space—plus, it can be done over a single weekend.

Change Up the Lighting

New light fixtures are a great way to play around with the atmosphere and mood of each room. Your choices are limitless— whether you go with vintage or modern, you can also use different types of bulbs to accentuate the best features in an area of your home.

Add Crown Molding

Crown molding, although a seemingly minor improvement, is one of the most effective ways to add charm and refinement to your home.

Dress the Windows

Invest in new window treatments that complement the décor of each room. Window dressings are the focal point of a room in many cases, and it’s up to you to decide whether sheer or opaque, light or dark, panels or drapes are the right fit.

Refinish Worn Doors

If you have a wooden front door, chances are its exposure to the elements have caused roughness and visible wear. Before you replace it completely, consider undertaking a simple DIY project to restore its surface.

First, you’ll need to remove all hardware on the door, then sand, scrape the moldings, and clear away dust. Apply 2-3 coats of an oil-based varnish, and you’ll have a door that looks just as welcoming as it did when your home was brand-new.

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